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June 6, 2017
Dentistry 101: Preventing Cavities

Dentistry 101: Preventing Cavities Tooth decay occurs when acid attacks the tooth and causes the enamel to lose minerals. Bacteria creates these acids as it feeds on the sugar in your food. Sometimes the enamel is able to recover on its own, however it is possible that permanent damage in the form of a cavity can develop where the enamel is destroyed. Cavities cannot heal on their own, and must be repaired by a dentist with a filling. If not treated, the tooth will continue to decay, causing pain, infection, and even tooth loss. The best way to protect your teeth from decay is to prevent cavities altogether. Here are a few tips to help keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free:

Brush and floss daily

By brushing and flossing daily, you can disrupt the plaque buildup that eventually leads to cavities. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily.

Use toothpaste with fluoride

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November 28, 2016
charleston dentist

How many times a day do you eat or drink something acidic? Acid can weaken enamel making it easier to wear and feel pain. Even if your teeth look healthy, you can still be at risk for future problems. When a dentist is checking for tooth pain, or tooth decay, they will also be looking for early signs of acidic erosion. Some signs to look for are:

  1. Sensitivity
  2. Cupping
  3. Cracks
  4. Discoloration
  5. Transparency
  6. Rounded Teeth

A wide range of foods, fruit, wine, juices and teas can affect all age groups. However, this does not mean they need to be avoided completely. Several steps can be taken to protect your teeth against acid damage:

  1. Brush your teeth gently, with a soft toothbrush.
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January 19, 2016
how coffee affects your teeth

    We all know coffee tastes good, but are you aware of how it affects your teeth? Most everyone knows that coffee stains your teeth. That’s the most common way it hurts your teeth. But did you know that coffee is acidic, so it also causes enamel erosion? Teeth are very porous and will soak up anything that you eat or drink. Coffee also causes bad breath because it sticks to your tongue. However, a good thing that coffee can do is destroy plaque bacteria! The caffeine in coffee is high in polyphen which breaks up bacteria. However, if it stays on your teeth for too long it can erode your teeth. The catch also is that the polyphen will only help if you drink black coffee! Adding sugar and creamer harms your teeth even more. So what can you do if you drink coffee? One, cut down on the coffee you consume. Most dentists and doctors will tell you that more than 2 cups of coffee a day will cause serious damage to not only your teeth, but to your body as well. Two, drinking coffee with a straw greatly reduces the harmful effects of coffee. So try to always drink your cup of coffee with a straw.

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December 9, 2015
dentist filling charleston

    Why You Need a Filling So, your dentist told you that you need a filling. Many patients often ask us what the reason for needing a filling. The most common reason for getting a filling is having a cavity but there are a lot of other reasons, too.   Cavities The most common need for a filling is due to cavities. The longer the tooth decay is left, the harder and more expensive it is to fix so it is important to get a filling when your dentist recommends to.   Sensitive Teeth Everyone experiences tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives. If you experience extreme symptoms of sensitive teeth for a long time, a filling may need to be applied, to cover over the sensitive areas.   Tooth Fracture Tooth fractures can range from minor chipping to severe fractures of the tooth and/or root. To restore the shape of the tooth, dentists will often using fillings.   Dental Erosion Dental erosion is an irreversible damage to the teeth caused from chemicals. Dentists will sometimes repair tooth enamel loss with white filling materials.